• Livingston Press and Argus
The Libertarian Party must stop being a "brand of convenience" for Republicans to lean on and have a successful national candidate to consistently win elected office, local party members said.
In Livingston County, Libertarians for state or federal office have yet to exceed 4 percent of the vote.
But the party has half the battle won: Most people, when surveyed, support the Libertarian platform, contends James Weeks II, Libertarian candidate for the state House seat currently filled by Rep. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township. Denby and Weeks face Democrat Shawn Lowe Desai on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Specifically, most people embrace the party's platform of personal choice and fiscal responsibility, Weeks added.
He and fellow Libertarians said the party is hampered by noninclusion in candidate debates and an ongoing inability to compete with ever-growing Republican and Democratic fundraising machines.
"We need to get votes. Once that happens, it will take off from there," said Weeks,
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